Make A Statement
A simple trick to brand yourself and make yourself stand out from the crowd is the customization of your personal Linkedin URL.
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This about the possibilities! Here Are The Steps:
You can customize your public profile URL when you edit your public profile. Custom public profile URLs are available on a first come, first served basis.
- Move your cursor over Profile at the top of your homepage and select Edit Profile.
- You'll see a URL link under your profile photo like www.linkedin.com/in/yourname. Move your cursor over the link and click the Settings icon next to it.
- Note: "Update your public profile settings" will show up if you don’t have a public profile. Learn how to enable your public profile.
- Under the Your public profile URL section on the right, click the Edit icon next to your URL.
- Type the last part of your new custom URL in the text box.
- Click Save.
Some Things To Remember
- Your custom URL can have 5-30 letters or numbers. Don't use spaces, symbols, or special characters.
- Keep it professional, many job applications will ask for your Linkedin url.
A Few More Points
- The customizable part of the URL is case insensitive. This means using JohnSmith, johnsmith or johnSmith will all point to the same profile.
- You can change your URL up to 5 times within 180 days. Once you have changed your URL for the 5th time, you won’t be able to change it for another 180 days.
- If a member uses a URL and then changes it, that URL will be unavailable for use by other members for 180 days.
- Be sure to update anywhere that you have listed your url previously if you change it as the old link will no longer work.
What To Do If You Name Is Taken
Try using a shortened version. "Michael" could become "Mike". Reversing your first and last name is also another option. Including your title into your url is another possibility, example: MichaelsmithCEO